|Dragons split with Merino|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Holyoke suffered its first loss of the baseball season in a low scoring game in Merino Saturday, April 2. The team didn’t let it get to them as they came right back and smacked the Rams 28-4 in game two.
“We crawled off the bus very lethargic and didn’t play to our potential at all,” coach Kyle Bules said.
Merino’s pitcher in the opening game threw batting practice fastballs, according to Bules. They were right down the middle all day, he added. “We either rolled over for ground balls or dipped our shoulder and popped it up. We also ran ourselves off the bases and gave up four outs there. Hopefully it will be a wake up call for us as the meat of our schedule is here.”
Holyoke 1, Merino 4
In the close 1-4 loss, Holyoke’s only run of the game came in the fourth inning when Alfredo Santos crossed home plate. The Rams managed a run in the third and three more in the bottom of the fourth.
Reid Baumgartner, Jaydin Goldenstein, Brett Cumming and Santos each finished the game with one hit.
Brian DeBoer and Deyten Klein each pitched three innings. DeBoer allowed two walks, four hits, zero earned runs and earned five strikeouts. Klein pitched for four walks, one earned run and no hits while striking out three batters.
Holyoke 28, Merino 4
After losing a game the team felt it should win, the Dragons bounced back and handily beat the Rams 28-4.
The Dragons pushed seven runners across home plate in the first inning while allowing three Rams to score in the bottom of the inning. The top of the second inning proved to be the deciding factor as Holyoke exploded for 18 runs.
They added three more in the fourth while giving up only one to seal the victory in only four innings.
Bules said Merino’s pitcher had a tough time throwing strikes but when he did, the Dragons hit very well.
The lopsided score allowed the coaches to use the bench to get more players some experience.
Klein finished three for three from the plate with three runs and three RBI. Goldenstein finished two for two with a double, triple, three runs and an RBI.
Santos took the win on the mound after two innings of work. He walked one batter allowed three earned runs and struck out three batters. Baumgartner entered for the final two innings and walked one batter and allowed one earned run.
The Dragons were scheduled to host Akron Tuesday, April 5 for a doubleheader. Results will appear in next week’s issue of the Enterprise.
Holyoke will travel to Yuma Monday, April 11 for a 3 p.m. doubleheader.